Ital­ian wel­come for top rid­ers

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

MORE than 600 rid­ers have taken up res­i­dence in Stan­thorpe this week as they un­der­take the an­nual Bi­cy­cle Queens­land Cy­cle tour.

Start­ing in Goondi­windi, this year they are headed to the Gold Coast tak­ing in Ye­lar­bon, Texas, Stan­thorpe, Wood­en­bong, Kyo­gle, and Mur­willum­bah along the way.

The par­tic­i­pants rode in on Tues­day af­ter­noon hav­ing en­joyed a tail wind for the trip from Texas and ready for a two-night stay at the Show­grounds.

The wel­come in Stan­thorpe was to an Ital­ian themed night.

Rid­ers en­joyed an au­then­tic Ital­ian din­ner com­plete with home-made can­noli, with a num­ber of lo­cal wineries and cheese pro­duc­ers from the Gran­ite Belt in at­ten­dance to make sure all en­joyed the fa­mous Gran­ite Belt hos­pi­tal­ity.

Yes­ter­day was a day of rest from the tour, some of the par­tic­i­pants en­joyed bus tours around the Gran­ite Belt tak­ing in Gir­raween and some wineries.

Some chose to do an or­gan­ised bike ride, tak­ing in the Wine Col­lege and some at­trac­tions on the north­ern end of the re­gion on a quiet 26km ride.

The Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre was busy Wed­nes­day with peo­ple look­ing for things to do and places to visit within town.

Bi­cy­cle Queens­land CEO Mr Wil­son said the tour was about tak­ing cy­cling to the com­mu­nity.

“We value mak­ing cy­cling a main­stream ac­tiv­ity for peo­ple of all shapes and sizes, while still keep­ing Cy­cle Queens­land a chal­lenge where peo­ple step out of their com­fort zone with hun­dreds of oth­ers of a sim­i­lar level,” he said.

“We love to show the wider com­mu­nity how nor­mal yet vi­brant cy­cling is and to bring eco­nomic im­pact to Queens­land towns.”

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